Crina has a background in Law and Human Rights, as well as extensive experience collaborating with national and international NGOs, advocating for the Roma rights.
In 2016, Crina held the position of Human Rights Counselor of the Romanian Minister of Justice; she managed the portfolio of the Romanian penitentiary system as well as contributed, inter alia, to the implementation of some of the activities within the Romanian Roma Strategy 2015-2020.
Support and Empowerment Officer
Assen supports the Roma community of Luton with their requests to official bodies and structures since 2015. He fluently speaks in Bulragian, Romanes and English languages. Assen has more than 20 years of Community Development experience within the Roma community, in Bulgaria and throughout Eastern Europe.
He has managed the Roma-Lom foundation in Bulgaria for 10 years, a local Roma Community-led organisation that empowers the Roma people in Bulgaria.
Roma Education Champion
Paul is the Education Champion at Luton Roma Trust. Daily, he helps Roma children in Luton to engage in the schooling process.
Before joining our team, Paul with his wife lived in the Romanian capital Bucharest for 6 years, where he learned Romanian language and familiarized himself with Roma culture.
During this time they volunteered with a church that was working with Roma families, assisting them to register their children into school, and helping the children with their homework. They acted as intermediaries between families and the school their children attended.
Community Project Worker
Mariana grew up in Bucharest, where she gained her education and professional experience.
She has worked with the Roma community in Bucharest for over 15 years, with a focus on educational projects and social interventions.
Within the Luton Roma Trust she used to assist the Roma community with EU Settlement Scheme applications, helping them obtain their Pre-settled / Settled status.
Mariana believes that supporting Romani youth is the key to lifting up the Roma community in the UK.
Aluna is an international human rights activist with deep experience promoting the rights of Roma people. With strong communications, visual media and project management skills, she produces videos and manages our social media.
Aluna has worked to support Roma migrants apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, and her research skills led her to analyse the prevalence of domestic violence against women and children in Roma families. She gained her BA in Journalism and Communications and her MA in Diplomatic Studies.
Louise joined in July 2021 to provide administrative support for the team. She brings strong organisational skills and has extensive administrative experience having worked for a range of organisations and charities, as well as working as an Early Years keyworker & LSA. Her working life has also been intermingled with periods of volunteering for various charities & NGOs both here in the UK and overseas. Louise strongly believes that everyone should have the same opportunities to thrive and welcomes the chance to support the Roma community.
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